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Despite curve balls, couple cherishes ‘major league’ experience as new parents

NICU family Brad and Megan Kohlman

Brad and Megan Kohlman of Augusta love Kansas City Royals baseball. So it was fitting that at just 4 months old, their son, Lincoln, attended his first home game. This past June, decked out in the team’s colors and logo, he took in the sights and sounds of Kauffman Stadium with Mom and Dad.

“We found out that Lincoln really doesn't like large crowds cheering, but he did enjoy being carried around the stadium to look at all the people and fountains,” says Brad, 28.

Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg provides concussion testing to high school athletes

Concussion patient Faith VanBecelaere

In basketball, loose balls can help a team gain possession, score points and win games. Every basketball team practices loose-ball drills. They are, in essence, the difference between a win and a loss. Any player will tell you they are a chance to impact the game.

Faith VanBecelaere found out the hard way they can be dangerous, too, during a loose-ball drill last year at practice at St. Mary’s Colgan High School in Pittsburg.

Diabetes diagnoses motivates family to maintain good health


Mother and son Kathy and David Winegar don’t fit the stereotyped image many have of adults with diabetes. They are thin, fit and — because both are successfully managing their condition with their healthcare teams — neither have medical problems often associated with diabetics.

‘Blessing’ of hearing aids lets singing sisters share family’s musical passion

Audiology patients Rachel and Esther Postier

This summer, 9-year-old Rachel Postier traveled with the Newton Community Children’s Choir to a music festival in Chicago. The group sang challenging five-part harmonies.

“She’d say, ‘Mom, I just love that sound,’” says Michelle Postier, Rachel’s mother. “For her to be able to say that is something special.”

Clothing and diapering your newborn


Dress your baby in clothes similar to what you feel comfortable in for the season. Use light blanket and clothing in hot weather. To see if your baby is warm enough, feel the back of the neck. If neck feels cool, add more clothing; if neck feels warm or 
sweaty, your baby is too hot. Wash new clothes before baby wears them. Wash clothes in mild soaps; rinse clothes twice; do not use fabric softeners in the dryer.

Love of gardening helps senior resident choose her new home

Via Christi Villages resident Trish Ardissone

Patricia “Trish” Ardissone has hundreds of flowers in her garden. Each is carefully labeled and catalogued in books she judiciously keeps updated with photos, planting dates and where she’s proudly exhibited them for competition. Trish affectionately refers to each flower as “she.” She says each has unique characteristics and a personality, like a person.

Tips for summer allergies

summer allergies

Summer is here! As weather lovers prepare to hit the waves, those with summer allergies prepare for a different type of wave — a wave of allergy symptoms. Many find that the itching, sniffling, sneezing and stuffiness that occurs in the summer overshadows the fun and relaxation that usually defines the season. Summer allergy symptoms are caused by pollens (tiny grains which fertilize plants) and mold spores (naturally occurring fungi that are found in soil and decaying wood.) During the late spring and early summer, grass pollens arrive and begin to cause allergy symptoms. In the late summer and fall, weed pollens (such as ragweed) are released to cause what many people consider “hay fever” symptoms.  Mold levels begin to rise in the spring, and continue to increase during the summer months. Although the pattern of pollination does not vary much from year to year, the weather can affect the amount of pollen in the air at any given time. Pollens tend to travel more when the weather is hot, dry, and windy, a hallmark of Wichita summers. In addition, the relatively flat topography of the plains allows allergens to be carried even longer distances, and this can cause more widespread allergy symptoms. Wichita currently ranks as one of the worst cities in the nation for allergies; which is not surprising when you consider these factors.

Teacher and coach glad to be back after triple bypass surgery

Cardiac patient Mike Tinich

Mike Tinich was working with his Maize South High School physics students shortly after 8 a.m. grading their roller coasters, when he had a sudden bout of vertigo and fell to the floor. A quick-thinking student ran across the hall to get help. The teacher was on the phone with the counselor, who alerted the school nurse, Katy Carter.

It was a Thursday morning — Nov. 1, 2012 — and Mike wasn’t feeling well when he woke up, but he decided to go to school. “I saw my doctor the week before for another experience with vertigo,” says Mike, “but nothing showed up.”


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